Porn star hopes to be first in profession launched into space
Coco Brown books seat on suborbital flight with space tourism company SXC
Coco Brown could become the first adult film actress launched into space, according to press reports.
Brown has apparently booked a seat aboard a suborbital private space plane for a March 2014 mission arranged by the space tourism company Space Expedition Corp. (SXC).
"I’ve always had a love of space," the porn star told U.K. newspaper, The Sun. "I’m an adventurous person and I thrive off of excitement. I’m ready to do something that many would never attempt, and I’m going to tackle it successfully and have another fantastic story to tell."
Brown is set to fly nearly 62 miles (100 kilometers) above the Earth's surface in the SXC mission, the Huffington Post reported.
SXC plans to launch passenger flights into suborbital space from the Caribbean island of Curacao using the two-person Lynx space plane under development by the commercial spacecraft company XCOR Aerospace based in Mojave, Calif. The spacecraft is designed to fly one passenger and one pilot to the edge of space and back for a ticket price of about $95,000. [Photos: XCOR Aerospace's Lynx Space Plane]
SXC and XCOR officials have taken more than 175 reservations for the flights so far. XCOR Aerospace officials have said that they expect to begin the first test flights of the first Lynx prototype sometime in 2013.
Before Brown can climb on board the rocket, however, she has to complete an intensive training program that includes zero-gravity exercises, simulated G-forces and a flight aboard a plane that mimics the way blastoff, weightlessness and re-entry feel when in a rocket.
The adult film actress has already passed her zero gravity training, Eva Van Pelt, a spokesperson for Space Expedition Corp. told the Huffington Post.
"It's great to have people join us from all kinds of industry," Van Pelt told the news organization. "We make space accessible for everyone."
Whether Brown will combine her chosen profession with her love of spaceflight remains to be seen.
"Trying to have sex in space is a little difficult, especially if you're going to do Zero G," Brown told the Huffington Post. "You just really don't that much control. People have to learn how working in no gravity functions before you do a porn there."
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If Brown does decide to film a pornographic movie in zero gravity, she won't be the first. Twenty seconds of the adult film, "The Uranus Experiment: Part 2" were filmed in actual weightlessness created when a plane flew 11,000 feet (3,353 meters) into the air and then did a steep dive, creating the sensation of weightlessness.
Recently, Space Expedition Corp. made news in the space tourism industry for other reasons. The corporation has partnered with Axe body spray creators Unilever and XCOR to send 22 contest winners from around the world into space aboard a Lynx space plane.
The companies announced the first winner picked to attend the Axe Apollo Space Academy — a camp that will train winners before blasting off into orbit — after the Super Bowl last Sunday.
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